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Migration and asylum: time to find balance between solidarity and responsibility

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 novembre 2020

The EU must help member states at the external borders to manage migration flows and ensure that those seeking protection are welcomed in line with its core values.At the opening of the High-level Inter-parliamentary Conference on Migration and Asylum in Europe organised by the European Parliament, EP President David Sassoli stressed that “behind migration figures there are people , each one with their own story”, adding that “they need to be at the heart of any efficient European policy on migration and asylum”. President Sassoli referred to the recent tragedy off the coast of Libya in which a six-month-old baby from Guinea lost his life after a shipwreck. He also emphasised that Italian, Spanish, Greek, and Maltese borders are, in fact, European borders: i.e. a shared responsibility for the whole Union.EC President Ursula von der Leyen also acknowledged that “far too many people are risking their lives to come to Europe” and highlighted the great contribution that migrants often make to their hosting communities – citing the German-Turkish couple behind the Pzifer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as an example. The new Pact on Asylum and Migration aims to balance the need to welcome refugees, fight smugglers, and ensure integration and appropriate treatment for everyone, including those who cannot remain in Europe, she explained.Wolfgang Schäuble, Chair of the German Bundestag, admitted that there are no easy nor optimal solutions to this conundrum. “We must fulfil our humanitarian obligations, and saving lives at sea is a legal obligation”, he said, but sometimes we also have to cooperate with dubious regimes. He warned that cynical smugglers use EU ideals to their benefit, so “we need to show we are capable of returning people in order to not create false incentives”.The Speakers of the Portuguese and Slovenian parliaments, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues and Igor Zorčič, also took part in the opening of the conference, since these two countries form together with Germany the trio of EU presidencies of the Council. Ferro Rodrigues noted that migration is a global phenomenon to which the EU must respond based on its founding values. “There is a lot of work to be done in the years ahead” on the basis of a new European Pact, he added. Zorčič agreed that the current asylum system has shown too many weaknesses in recent years and hoped the EU will be able to create an efficient common framework, taking into account each member state’s situation.Find here the full programme of the event. Debates will focus on the relationship between solidarity and responsibility in migration and asylum management, the external dimension, shaping partnerships with third countries, and legal migration and integration.

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MEPs question whether the new Migration Pact will bring about real change

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 settembre 2020

The new Migration Pact is insufficient for the majority of EP groups. Some demand compulsory relocation of refugees; others want a firmer stance on irregular arrivals.The Civil Liberties Committee held a first debate about the Commission’s proposals with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Ylva Johansson on Thursday. Some MEPs considered the initiative to be “a step in the right direction”, to help front-line countries, and others admitted it might be the only way forward, given the position of several EU member states. All requested more information about how the pact would be applied on the ground.Many speakers referred to the situation on Lesvos, following the fire in Moria refugee camp, and asked whether the new rules will prevent that humanitarian disaster from being repeated. They raised questions about whether fundamental rights will be respected in the new screening and border procedures and the detention of asylum-seekers. Several regretted that the Commission has not removed the contentious principle of the current Dublin Regulation, that the country of first-entry must deal with an asylum-claim.EU countries that do not want to transfer refugees to their territory would be given the option to sponsor returns of those without a right to stay instead; MEPs wondered what will happen if most member states opt for the latter. There were also questions raised about the enforcement mechanisms to ensure the new rules are effectively applied.Some MEPs complained that cooperation with third countries does not include the establishment of hotspots to process asylum requests outside European territory and insisted the EU must be tougher on smugglers.

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Migration and asylum: member states to collect more statistical data

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 Maggio 2020

EU member states will have to collect more data about immigration, residence permits, illegal entry and returns, under new rules already agreed by MEPs and the Council.With 65 votes to 2, the Civil Liberties Committee backed on Monday the new Regulation on Community statistics on migration and international protection, whose aim is to ensure the availability of reliable, relevant and timely statistics in that field.The Regulation covers the collection of statistics on administrative and judicial procedures in EU countries relating to immigration, granting of residence permits, citizenship, asylum and other forms of international protection, illegal entry and stay, and returns.Under the new rules, member states will have to increase the frequency of the data they provide to Eurostat and disaggregate them by age and sex, by citizenship of the persons concerned and by unaccompanied minors.In the case of residence permits, they will have to clarify whether they are first-time permits, the grounds on which they are issued and length of validity. Concerning returns, collected data must reflect the type of return and the assistance received, as well as the country of destination.Some of the new data collections will start immediately, while others will be first tested in pilot studies. Eurostat will coordinate the pilot projects, with member states participating on a voluntary basis, to assess their feasibility, quality and comparability, and the costs and burdens involved.In the presentation of his draft recommendation to the Civil Liberties Committee, Jan-Christoph Oetjen (Renew, DE), who led the Parliament’s negotiating team in the interinstitutional talks, considered the changes will be a significant improvement “towards more evidence-based policy making in the migration and asylum field”.

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Asylum and Migration Pact: MEPs push for legal and safe avenues

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 Maggio 2020

In a letter to Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Ylva Johansson sent by Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, on behalf of the committee, MEPs call for a balanced approach covering all pillars of the EU policy on asylum and migration, also addressing safe and legal migration.They insist that the Common European Asylum System needs to be complemented by a European Union Resettlement Framework and humanitarian corridors, but stress that safe and legal migration is much broader. Providing legal and safe routes for labour-related migration is key to reducing irregular migration as well as the risks undertaken by persons trying to reach Europe, MEPs underline.Offering third-country nationals wishing to work in the European Union a lawful path to do so could complement partnerships with third countries already in place and help fill gaps in the labour market, whilst ensuring third-country nationals who are filling these gaps are treated equally and not exploited, the letter notes.MEPs complain that, despite legal migration being one of the priorities of the European Agenda for Migration announced in 2015, the only legislative proposal in this field in the last legislature was a revision of the Blue Card Directive, a proposal that has been blocked by the Council since the end of 2017.The Civil Liberties Committee is currently working on an own-initiative report on New Avenues for Legal Labour Migration and hopes that the European Commission is equally ambitious. Among the options on the table, MEPs point to developing sectoral labour migration, but also long-term residence, intra-EU mobility or family reunification rights. “We are looking forward to seeing the Commission move the European framework for legal migration forward”, including by initiating legislative proposals, they say.MEPs are convinced that all member states could profit from a more harmonised approach to labour migration at European level. In their view, the European Union could contribute to improving third-country nationals’ access to the European labour market, addressing skills demands, making member states more attractive to third-country workers, and improving working conditions and integration of third-country nationals. They stress that the hosting communities would benefit from this on several levels.

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Mostra “Migration”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 dicembre 2019

Castelbuono (PA) domenica 15 dicembre, ore 12.00 inaugurazione e apertura al pubblico: (dal 15 dicembre 2019 – 12 aprile 2020) Museo Civico di Castelbuono Piazza Castello. mostra Migration, a cura di Susanne Anna, Laura Barreca e Raya Zommer-Tal, direttrici rispettivamente dello StadtMuseum di Du¨sseldorf (Germania), del Museo Civico di Castelbuono (Italia) e del Janco-Dada Museum di Ein Hod (Israele). Migration è un’esposizione itinerante, co-prodotta dai tre musei e realizzata con il sostegno della Fondazione Federico II. La mostra Migration rappresenta l’evento conclusivo del programma di BAM – Biennale Arcipelago Mediterraneo a Palermo (, il festival internazionale di teatro, musica e arti visive dedicato ai popoli e alle culture dei paesi che si affacciano sul mare, incentrato sulle tematiche dell’accoglienza e del dialogo. Dopo Castelbuono, Migration approderà al Janco-Dada Museum di Ein Hod (maggio-dicembre 2020) e infine allo StadtMuseum di Du¨sseldorf (giugno-agosto 2021).Tre poli geografici che esprimono tre punti di vista differenti sul tema della migrazione, analizzandone gli elementi e le problematiche secondo prospettive e latitudini diverse, europee e mediterranee. L’intento del progetto è di coinvolgere i musei nel loro ruolo di “osservatori” privilegiati sul presente, sollecitando nel pubblico una riflessione critica attraverso gli occhi di sei artisti, di altrettante nazionalità, selezionati dai tre direttori dei Musei.Il progetto espositivo, con il coordinamento curatoriale di Alessandro Pinto, comprende circa venti opere di Oren Fisher, Hadar Mitz, Margherita Moscardini, Edith Oellers, Klaus Richter, Francesco Simeti, che indagano le diversità politiche, economiche e geografiche sulla migrazione, questione di portata storica, generata da condizioni di vita precarie, da situazioni di violenza, da guerre, e dal divario crescente tra paesi poveri e ricchi.
Patrizia Monterosso, Presidente della Fondazione Federico II nel suo contributo in catalogo afferma: “Il bisogno di ordine nelle nostre vite rischia di semplificare il fenomeno dell’immigrazione e della morte di migliaia di uomini, donne e bambini, applicando uno schematismo sull’appartenenza e sull’esclusione, delle vite utili e delle vite superflue. Così facendo il dramma dell’immigrazione accresce ancor più la sua tragicità, perché ci si pone nell’atteggiamento di spettatori indifferenti dinanzi ad un numero sempre continuo di morti.” “La mia idea curatoriale si riferisce al termine “migrazione” solo come lo stato in cui una persona prende la decisione di lasciare il suo paese quando la sua vita o la sua libertà sono in pericolo. Questa era la condizione degli ebrei in Europa prima e durante l’Olocausto”, così descrive Raya Zommer-Tal il suo contributo al progetto. Susanne Anna fa riferimento alla condizione di multiculturalismo presente in germania: “Nel Museo della Citta` di Du¨sseldorf la storia della citta` coincide con la storia della migrazione. Pertanto, la collaborazione con colleghi e artisti tedeschi, italiani e israeliani sul tema della migrazione e` piu` che appropriata. Un clima cittadino sociale, liberale e multiculturale ha caratterizzato fin dall’inizio la piccola citta` sul Reno”.
Nell’ottica di sviluppare conoscenza e consapevolezza sulle tematiche della mostra nelle giovani generazioni, il Museo Civico di Castelbuono ha programmato un ciclo di conferenze, dibattiti, proiezioni e incontri pubblici e destinati al coinvolgimento delle scuole. Ospiti del Museo saranno giornalisti, attivisti, associazioni, esperti in diritti umanitari e dei rifugiati che direttamente e quotidianamente affrontano la questione migratoria, chiamati a dare testimonianza del loro operato con lo scopo di accrescere conoscenza dei fatti e maturare un rinnovato senso di responsabilità civica. Tra questi Emma Averna e Aldo Premoli, co-fondatori dell’Associazione Mediterraneo Sicilia Europa; Alessandra Sciurba, avvocato di Mediterranea Saving Humans; Clementina Cordero di Montezemolo, presidente dell’Associazione Beyond Lampedusa; Leila Segal, fondatrice della no-profit Voice of Freedom, Paola Caridi, giornalista e scrittrice, Clarissa Podbielski, e altri.
Inoltre l’Associazione degli Amici del Museo Civico di Castelbuono ha sviluppato un programma di iniziative che si svolgeranno durante tutto il periodo espositivo della mostra.La mostra è accompagnata da un catalogo in italiano e inglese, pubblicato da Edizioni Kalós, e con testi delle tre curatrici, Maria Enza Puccia, Presidente del Museo Civico, Patrizia Monterosso, Direttore Generale della Fondazione Federico II, Andrea Cusumano, Direttore Artistico di BAM e Clarissa Podbielski, Avvocato ed esperta in Diritti umani, Diritto internazionale e Diritto dei rifugiati.
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Partnership on Cloud Migration Services With Corent’s SurPaaS® MaaS™

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 ottobre 2019

Corent Technology, a leader in cloud migration and modernization technologies, and eHosting DataFort (eHDF), one of the 1st Hosting Providers of Cloud Infrastructure, Managed Hosting and Security Services in the Gulf region, jointly announced today the signing of a cooperation agreement.Migration as a Service platform enables rapid data center and software application migration and optimization to the target cloud. (Graphic: Business Wire)Corent platform SurPaaS® MaaS™ is a fully integrated platform that allows System Integrators and Managed Service Providers to rapidly analyze, plan, optimize, and migrate their customers’ enterprise applications into the target cloud. The target estate can be Azure, AWS, GCP, IBM Softlayer, Oracle CI or even a hosted data center, such as eHDF. The power of the platform lies in the fact that it can automatically analyze, ”Cloudify,” “PaaSify” and, if desired, “SaaSify” practically any software application without programming. This enables organizations to manage and execute their migration journey to the cloud in a cost-effective, accelerated and optimized way, inline with their own desired business roadmap.
Corent Technology, with its built-in integration with public cloud native migration tools, is considered a leader in Cloud Migration, Modernization and SaaSification technologies with numerous successful stories and best practices to present around the globe and in 2018 named among the Top 10 Cloud Technology Solution Providers By XplorexIT Magazine.

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Tuition Hikes and International Student Visa Restrictions Fuel Demand for Investment Migration Programs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 settembre 2019

As global headlines are dominated by the effects of changing immigration policies in the UK and the US, there is one consequence that has gone largely unnoticed: a significant decline in international student numbers. Latest statistics show that top universities have seen international enrollment figures drop significantly in response to new restrictions on student visas in the US, uncertainty over Brexit and the rights of EU citizens in the UK, and tuition hikes in both countries.Seeking to avoid these pitfalls, high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) are pursuing alternative residence or citizenship rights that will allow their children to fulfil their academic aspirations without becoming entangled in risky or unpredictable visa application processes.The UK Investor Immigration Program is ideal for investors seeking to take advantage of the UK’s excellent primary, secondary, and tertiary education services. As noted by the Knight Frank Global Wealth Report, although Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the US, and a number of other countries all attract students from overseas, the UK’s private boarding schools are still seen as the gold standard by many. At the tertiary level, the Oxford and Cambridge universities are currently ranked number one and two in the world by Times Higher Education, which provides the definitive list of the world’s best universities.
Of the universities in mainland Europe, revered institutions such as Humboldt University of Berlin, Sorbonne University in Paris, and the University of Amsterdam continue to draw wealthy international students, attracted by both the peerless quality of education on offer and the experience of student life in a European capital. For investors wanting to give their children access to these kinds of opportunities, a key advantage of European universities is that fees for EU citizens are much lower than they are for non-EU citizens — up to 50% or more. For an investment of between EUR 1 million and EUR 2.15 million, Malta and Cyprus offer the most popular citizenship-by-investment programs in the EU at present.
Across the Atlantic, the US EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is an attractive option for those who have their sights set on an American education. The program offers permanent residence in exchange for an investment of USD 500,000 to USD 1 million. The Australia Residence-by-Investment Program is another potential avenue to pursue. Overall, the country is renowned for its education system — one of many reasons it remains the top destination of choice for HNWIs looking to resettle.

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Datadog Achieves AWS Migration Competency Status

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 luglio 2019

Datadog, a monitoring and analytics platform for modern cloud environments, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Competency status. This designation recognizes that Datadog provides proven technology and deep expertise to help customers move successfully to AWS, through all phases of complex migration projects, discovery, planning, migration and operations.Achieving the AWS Migration Competency differentiates Datadog as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that provides specialized demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success with specific focus on Technology for Application Profiling. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.Datadog’s cloud monitoring platform brings together infrastructure metrics, application traces, log data, and synthetic monitoring, allowing enterprises to scale their cloud environments, troubleshoot potential issues, and provide their customers with superlative digital experiences. Datadog supports a wide range of AWS services, and is a member of the APN.

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Migration: Parliament rejects using EU funds for “controlled centres”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 marzo 2019

Plenary backed two objections to Commission delegated acts that widen the scope of activities eligible for funding under two EU funds to include “controlled centres” established by member states. According to the Commission proposal, this would allow to better adapt to the needs of national authorities in the field of asylum, migration and integration, particularly for reception and accommodation for asylum-seekers or migrants in irregular situation.In their objections, MEPs underline that the concept of “controlled centres” is a controversial one “of questionable legality” which does not exist under Union law and has not been approved by the colegislators.They insist that such a concept should not be funded “unless and until it is properly defined in an appropriate legislative instrument -adopted by the colegislators- detailing its legal basis, nature, purpose and objective”.The European Commission tabled the delegated acts in December. The first one amends the regulation establishing the instrument for financial support for external borders and visa (part of the Internal Security Fund), while the second one modifies the regulation establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.The objections were passed with 493 to 87 and 34 abstentions (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) and by show of hands (Internal Security Fund). The legal changes proposed by the Commission can therefore not enter into force.

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Migration: MEPs object to the use of EU funds for “controlled centres”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs rejected on Monday providing EU funds to member states for the provision of services in “controlled centres” for migrants.The Committee approved two objections to Commission delegated acts that, with the aim of responding to additional needs from national authorities in the field of asylum, migration and integration, particularly for reception and accommodation for asylum-seekers or migrants in irregular situation, widens the scope of activities eligible for funding under two EU funds to include “controlled centres” established by member states.MEPs underline that the concept of “controlled centres” is a controversial one “of questionable legality” which does not exist under Union law and has not been approved by the colegislators.They insist that such a concept should not be funded “unless and until it is properly defined in an appropriate legislative instrument -adopted by the colegislators- detailing its legal basis, nature, purpose and objective”.The European Commission tabled the delegated acts in December. The first one amends the regulation establishing the instrument for financial support for external borders and visa (part of the Internal Security Fund), while the second one modifies the regulation establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.The Civil Liberties Committee backed both objections with 44 votes to 8. If the objections are endorsed by the whole Parliament, the legal changes will not enter into force. To be adopted, objections to delegated acts need the backing of a majority of the MEPs. The vote in plenary is scheduled to take place during the March II session (25-28 March).

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Global compacts on migration and refugees: MEPs to discuss follow-up

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 marzo 2019

MEPs of the Civil Liberties and Development Committees and the Subcommittee on Human Rights will exchange views, also with representatives of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on the best way to continue the process initiated back in 2016.The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2016, marked the beginning of multilateral negotiations for the adoption of two non-binding global compacts on refugees -with the objective of a fairer sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees worldwide- and migration, aimed at ensuring adequate treatment of migrants in vulnerable situations.The Global Compact on refugees was affirmed by the member states of the UN General Assembly on 17 December 2018 in the annual resolution on the work of UNHCR. The Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration was endorsed by the General Assembly on 19 December, with 152 votes in favour, 5 against (Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Poland, United States) and 12 abstentions (including Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia and Romania). Among EU Member States, Slovakia did not register its vote.

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Migration and asylum: EU funds to promote integration and protect borders

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 febbraio 2019

MEPs backed on Tuesday increasing the EU budget for migration and asylum policies and to reinforce borders.The Civil Liberties Committee endorsed the renewed Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the 2021-2027 budget of which will increase up to €9.2 billion (€10.41 billion in current prices, 51% more than in the previous financial framework). It also backed the creation of a new Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF) and agreed to allocate €7.1 billion (€8 billion in current prices) to it.The AMIF should contribute to strengthen the common asylum policy, develop legal migration, in line with the member states’ economic and social needs, contribute to countering irregular migration and ensure effective, safe and dignified return, readmission and reintegration in non-EU countries.But it should also ensure “solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility between the member states, in particular towards those most affected by migration challenges, including through practical cooperation”, MEPs state.MEPs also want to make sure that funds can be allocated to local and regional authorities, and to international and non‑governmental organisations, working in the field of asylum and migration.
IBMF will provide funding to build and enhance member states’ capacities in border management and visa policy. The funding dedicated to member states (60 % of the total envelope) will reflect their needs and take into account additional pressures. Furthermore, a new EU thematic facility (40% of the total envelope) will ensure flexibility to channel emergency funding to member states and EU-level projects when urgent action is needed.
MEPs also added safeguards to ensure that actions and measures funded through the Instrument comply with the EU’s fundamental rights obligations, in particular with the principles of non-discrimination and non-refoulement. (COMP 3) Both funds will operate in full synergy. They will also work closely with the reinforced Internal Security Fund (ISF) focusing on tackling terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime.
The draft proposal on the renewed AMIF passed with 40 votes to 7 and 6 abstentions. The new IBMF was backed by 41 MEPs, 9 voted against and 2 abstained. The full House will have to confirm its position in the first March plenary, ahead of the negotiations with the Council of the EU.

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MEPs strongly welcome the Global Compact on Migration

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The European Parliament strongly supports the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and welcomes its adoption in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday.MEPs regret the campaign of disinformation that has led to several countries withdrawing their support from the compact. The migration compact is a non-legally binding framework that does not create new obligations for states and is in full respect of the principle of national sovereignty.The global compact adopted at the intergovernmental conference in Marrakesh is the first global multilateral framework to enhance international coordination on human mobility covering all aspects of the migration cycle. It is based on the principles of partnership, shared responsibility and the understanding that no country can address the challenges and opportunities of this phenomenon on its own. The Parliament believes that it is central to find long-term solutions to address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement. Implementation of the compact therefore must go hand-in-hand with implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda as set out in the Strategic Development Goals, as well as ensuring increased investment in developing countries.The European Parliament strongly believes that international cooperation on migration must be people-centered and rights-based. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – which celebrates its 70th anniversary today – must be at the core of migration governance alongside existing international law obligations, such as the Refugee Convention. Vulnerable groups and to people in vulnerable situations, notably migrant children and unaccompanied and separated children, should get special attention. Complying with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and ensuring the best interest of the child must be the primary considerations of all decisions and actions concerning them. Promoting gender equality and women empowerment should be central to GCM, as should be paying special attention to victims of violence and abuse, including sexual or gender-based violence, and of human trafficking.The European Parliament stresses that is its absolutely essential to turn the compact’s commitments into reality, with strong follow-up and review mechanisms, including the International Migration Review Forum which is to take place every four years beginning in 2021. The implementation process of the global compact must be transparent and inclusive, involving all stakeholders, and notably parliaments and national human rights institutions. A strengthened parliamentary dimension and public engagement are key to ensure accountability and serve as a bridge towards a broader dialogue on migration that leads to evidence-based policies and political narratives that counteract xenophobia and recognise the need for international cooperation on migration to ensure the benefit of all parties involved.

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MEPs to attend UN conference on migration in Morocco

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 dicembre 2018

Marrakech, Morocco, on 10-11 December 2018 conference on migration. A European Parliament delegation participates in the UN intergovernmental conference on migration. The delegation, led by Linda McAvan (S&D, UK), will represent the position of the European Parliament at the conference to adopt the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. From the outset, the Parliament has supported the goals of the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the related process as a unique opportunity to establish a global governance regime and to enhance coordination on international migration.
The resolution on 18 April 2018 insists that the compact for migration “should be people-centred and human rights-based, and should provide for long-term, sustainable and comprehensive measures, for the benefit of all parties involved, building on the principle of partnership and strengthened cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination”. It should protect the most vulnerable (women and children, unaccompanied minors), prevent human rights abuses, and be based on partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, the Parliament stated.The members of the EP delegation are the following:
Linda McAvan (S&D, UK), chair of the development committee and of the EP delegation
Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), chair of the human rights committee
Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SE), civil liberties committee
Željana Zovko (EPP, HR), development and foreign affairs committees
Cécile Kyenge (S&D, IT), civil liberties and development committees
Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES), foreign affairs and human rights committees
Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL), civil liberties and development committees
Laura Ferrara (EFDD, IT), civil liberties and human rights committees
Udo Voigt (NI, DE), civil liberties committee
“The Global Compact that will be agreed next week is an important step towards creating an international system to better manage migration and cut the amount of people migrating via dangerous, illegal routes. Whilst a number of EU countries are shamefully refusing to sign the voluntary Compact, the European Parliament’s presence in Marrakesh is a symbol of the EU’s strong support of the UN process,”, said Linda McAvan (S&D, UK) before the delegation left for Marrakesh.

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Global compact for migration

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 novembre 2018

It is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. There are over 258 million migrants around the world living outside their country of birth. This figure is expected to grow for a number of reasons including population growth, increasing connectivity, trade, rising inequality, demographic imbalances and climate change. Migration provides immense opportunity and benefits – for the migrants, host communities and communities of origin. However, when poorly regulated it can create significant challenges. These challenges include overwhelming social infrastructures with the unexpected arrival of large numbers of people and the deaths of migrants undertaking dangerous journeys.In September 2016 the General Assembly decided, through the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.The process to develop this global compact started in April 2017. The pages in this section detail 18 months of consultation and negotiation, and provide the relevant documentation for each of the events.On 13 July 2018 UN Member States finalized the text for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Text available in all official languages).The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will be held on 10 – 11 December in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Global Compact for Migration is the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions. The global compact is non-legally binding. It is grounded in values of state sovereignty, responsibility-sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights, and recognizes that a cooperative approach is needed to optimize the overall benefits of migration, while addressing its risks and challenges for individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination.The global compact comprises 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional and global levels. The compact:aims to mitigate the adverse drivers and structural factors that hinder people from building and maintaining sustainable livelihoods in their countries of origin;
intends to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities migrants face at different stages of migration by respecting, protecting and fulfilling their human rights and providing them with care and assistance;seeks to address the legitimate concerns of states and communities, while recognizing that societies are undergoing demographic, economic, social and environmental changes at different scales that may have implications for and result from migration;
strives to create conducive conditions that enable all migrants to enrich our societies through their human, economic and social capacities, and thus facilitate their contributions to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels.

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Austrian decision not to sign migration framework ‘harmful’ says Caritas

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 novembre 2018

Caritas Internationalis says the Austrian decision to pull out of the UN Global Compact on safe, orderly and regular migration risks destabilizing international efforts at providing coordination in protecting the lives of migrants and refugees. It comes after the USA and Hungary pulled out. The Global Compact on Migration offers a framework to governments to improve their response to the mass movements of people and to reduce the suffering of millions. It is due to be signed at the Intergovernmental Conference in Morocco on the 10 and 11 of December.It’s a legally non-binding agreement, that respects the sovereignty of states to manage their borders and acknowledges that migration is a global phenomenon that cannot be handled by a single state alone.“The Global Compact on Migration represents the policies needed to welcome, protect and integrate migrants,” says Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis. “It is a sign of hope that the international community recognizes human mobility as a feature of our times and wants to make it positive for migrants, countries of origin and countries of destination.“Caritas witnesses every day the suffering, exploitation and exclusion of migrants. The migration compact strikes a fine balance between upholding their rights and the right of every country to protect its borders.”Caritas organisations work with and for migrants and builds bridges with the receiving societies in order to support a fair integration which takes into account the needs of migrants as well as the needs of receiving societies. (Patrick Nicholson – Director of Communications)

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Migration: After the Aquarius

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 settembre 2018

Lyon, France As European Union leaders prepare to address the topic of migration this week at an informal meeting in Salzburg, Euronews will update its viewers on the lives of some of the 630 migrants who were at sea aboard the Aquarius, the rescue ship that became the symbol of the EU migration debate this summer.In June, Euronews correspondent Anelise Borges spent 10 days on board the Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Méditerranée. The only television journalist on board, she filmed around the clock, using only an iPhone, to capture the story of the men, women and children who risked everything to reach Europe. Her reporting became an essential source for other media outlets covering the migration issue, and a 52-minute documentary about the voyage aired in July.This week she caught up with some of the people who disembarked from the Aquarius in Valencia, after Spain put itself forward and agreed to accept the ship and its migrants.The migrants aboard the ship all had different scars; some fled conflict, others horrifying circumstances caused by grinding poverty. They all now face a new reality that will not necessarily measure up to their dreams.Anelise tells their stories in three reports, which will air this week on Euronews’ new daily political show Raw Politics. The first, on Tuesday 18 September, features Reward, a Nigerian man who left his home three years ago in search of a better future. Reward lives in Bilbao now, where he is waiting out the review of his application for asylum. He has a place to live, and money for food and clothing, but too much free time to think about his harrowing journey here, and the death of his best friend in a Libyan jail.Asked whether he thought his dream of becoming a pilot was any closer to reality now, he responded, “It might happen. I don’t know.” Raw Politics is broadcast from the European Parliament every week night on Euronews from 6pm CEST/ 5pm BST. Raw Politics’ aim is to tell Europe’s story from all sides, with a commitment to true impartiality. It poses hard-hitting questions on the issues that define and divide Europe through impactful interviews, passionate debates and original journalism from Euronews correspondents.
Euronews is the number one European news channel, reaching more viewers in continental Europe than any of its rivals. It is also the most-watched international news channel with 52 million TV viewers and digital consumers worldwide.

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Churches call for safe passage following EU summit

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 giugno 2018

Churches in Europe have reacted with disappointment to the outcomes of yesterday’s European Union summit mainly addressing migration. General Secretary elect of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Torsten Moritz, criticised the conclusions of the European Council held on 28 June in Brussels. “Once again the summit has missed the chance to discuss how the arrival and integration of refugees can be a success for all and instead discussed illusionary plans about keeping people out.” CCME also expressed dissatisfaction with the consideration of “regional disembarkation platforms” in third countries, an idea referred to as “camps in Africa” that has been reappearing for well over a decade since the United Kingdom government and German Federal Minister of the Interior first mentioned it. The EU has not resolved any of the legal, practical, and moral issues relating to this since then. At worst, this will lead to something resembling a “refugee Guantanamo” at EU external borders and destabilise host countries. At best, there will be no impact at all.“If the EU wants to support refugee protection in the regions of origin or transit,” Moritz continued, “it could support the many existing camps, for example in Jordan or Uganda, which are already notoriously overcrowded and underfunded.” He also expressed scepticism toward proposed “controlled centres” inside the EU. “It is unclear what these controlled centres are supposed to look like. If they involve locking people up just because they ask for asylum, they are in breach of European and international law. If we are looking at relocation from these centres, we certainly will need to consider the very sobering experiences made with the so-called “hotspots” that were intended to facilitate relocation in the last years.”Resources for border security and combatting irregular migration will not resolve social and political problems. Imbalances will only grow if countries at EU external borders are made solely responsible for asylum procedures and removal of those not accorded protection.
“We agree that some people will have to return at the end of a full and just procedure,” Moritz noted. “One should not, however, for ideological reasons ignore all the legal, practical, and moral obstacles that make it impossible to return many of those without a residence permit in the EU.”The EU should examine where it is contributing to reasons why people flee, including through unjust trade, failure to address climate change, arms exports, and other policies.
The Conference of European Churches also expresses concern with the outcomes of the summit and its proposed focus of future EU funding on irregular migration and the target of increasing returns. CEC General Secretary Heikki Huttunen stressed the need for an alternative strategy. “When we ask for safe passage, we ask for a system of safe and regular access to Europe for those in need of protection, and for labour migrants. This is the strategy we must pursue to reduce irregular migration and deaths at the border.”All stakeholders must uphold the system of both state-run and civil society sponsored search and rescue. Directing financial resources toward this, as well as into better arrival and reception structures would help to make migration a success for all and avoid further building the fortress Europe.Churches throughout Europe have echoed these concerns. Kerk in Actie, along with 19 civil society organisations in the Netherlands, called on their national government for “moral leadership in treating asylum.” Similarly, the president of Diaconia Germany, Ulrich Lilie, noted “We cannot refuse to grant asylum to those most in need if Europe is to remain a Europe of human rights.”

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European Agenda on Migration Why a new European Agenda on Migration?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 Maggio 2018

The EU’s external borders have increasingly been the scene of human tragedies to which the EU, together with its Member States, must take immediate action. At the same time, migration needs to be better managed in all its aspects; through this new Agenda, the EU aims at providing its Member States with tools to do so in the medium as well as long term.Migration management is a shared responsibility, not only among EU Member States, but also vis-à-vis non-EU countries of transit and origin of migrants. By combining both internal and external policies, the Agenda provides a new, comprehensive approach grounded in mutual trust and solidarity among EU Member States and institutions.The European Agenda on MigrationSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN••• responds to the priorities identified in the Political Guidelines of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.The EU aims at taking immediate action to prevent further losses of migrants’ lives at sea by providing additional funding to Frontex joint search and rescue operations, to the safe and legal resettlement of people to Europe, to the Regional Protection and Development Programmes and to the most affected Member States located at the EU’s external borders. In addition, the EU aims to strengthen the role of Europol as an intelligence hub for dismantling criminal networks and intends to launch Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operations in the Mediterranean to capture and dismantle boats. The EU will also activate the emergency system provided in the Treaties so that asylum seekers may be relocated in a more solidary manner, as well as establish a pilot multi-purpose centre in Niger, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration and the UN Refugee Agency. An altogether new concept, the Hotspot, will allow EASO, Frontex and Europol to work on the ground in affected EU Member States to swiftly identify, register and fingerprint arriving migrants and to assist in investigating and dismantling migrant smuggling networks.Migration is both an opportunity and a challenge for the EU. The medium to long term priorities consist of developing structural actions that look beyond crises and emergencies and help EU Member States to better manage all aspects of migration. The Agenda is built upon four pillars:Reducing the incentives for irregular migration: the focus is on addressing the root causes behind irregular migration in non-EU countries, dismantling smuggling and trafficking networks and defining actions for the better application of return policies.
Saving lives and securing the external borders: this involves better management of the external border, in particular through solidarity towards those Member States that are located at the external borders, and improving the efficiency of border crossings.
Strengthening the common asylum policy: with the increases in the flows of asylum seekers, the EU’s asylum policies need to be based on solidarity towards those needing international protection as well as among the EU Member States, whose full application of the common rules must be ensured through systematic monitoring.
Developing a new policy on legal migration: in view of the future demographic challenges the EU is facing, the new policy needs to focus on attracting workers that the EU economy needs, particularly by facilitating entry and the recognition of qualifications.

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EU must take a leading role in global migration talks, EP says

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 aprile 2018

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday a resolution backing the process initiated in 2016 during the UN General Assembly and its objectives of “developing a global governance regime for enhancing coordination on international migration, human mobility and large movements of refugees”. MEPs call for durable solutions and the protection of human rights. The non-legislative resolution -approved with 516 votes to 137 with 43 abstentions- notes that human mobility and migration is a growing reality, with approximately 258 million international migrants worldwide, while the number of people living in forced displacement reached 65 million in 2015. MEPs underline that the biggest share of the world’s refugees (up to 84%) are hosted by developing countries, and roughly 10% are in Europe. Protecting the children in migration should be a paramount objective of the global compacts, according to MEPs. “All children, irrespective of their migration or refugee status, are first and foremost children”, says the text, welcoming the commitments included in the drafts regarding the end of child detention, action concerning missing minors, supporting family reunification and ensuring access to the education and health systems. Parliament defends a more equitable sharing of responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees globally, suggesting the adoption of a global mechanism to ensure a fairer distribution. Resettlement is a key element in this regard, say MEPs, who call on the EU countries “to do their part and to step up their commitment”. The resolution also insists on the development of safe and legal avenues for refugees (such as humanitarian corridors, humanitarian visas and private sponsorship) and migrants, taking into consideration labour market needs, to prevent smuggling, abuses and loss of lives. Humanitarian assistance should not be criminalised, notes the Chamber. It calls for greater search and rescue capacities for people in distress, and for the “support provided by NGOs in carrying out rescue operations at sea and on land to be acknowledged”. After emphasizing that, despite challenges, migration is beneficial for both migrants and host communities, in economic and social terms, MEPs advocate a positive narrative on migrations and call for EU and international campaigns to draw attention to evidence and counteract racist and xenophobic tendencies in our societies.

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